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Useless Rain Barrels?

Posted by mooserider Seattle, WA (My Page) on
Sat, Jun 22, 13 at 14:10

I can't find a forum specific to this subject, so I put it here.

Anyhow, I spent a lot of time putting in four rain barrels, and they're working beautifully. I have 200+ gallons of water, but there's a problem I can't seem to figure out and was hoping someone would have some good advice.

The problem is, how do I get the water to the plants? I guess I didn't think that part out before I set up the barrels. According to the people at the local nursery, I can't use a soaker hose as there's no real pressure.

Using a water can is just absurd... it would take me three hours to do that.

To be honest, I like using my sprayer (from the house's water) to water everything, I know it's not so efficient, but I really enjoy it. So with a soaker hose I would lose that. So what I really want, is a pump that would kick on automatically when I use a sprayer. But I've looked all over and can't seem to find such a thing.

So my question is, how do you use your rain water? How do you get it from the barrels to the plants.

Thanks for any advice!


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RE: Useless Rain Barrels?

I have a child's wagon that I bought at a yard sale that I had fitted with large wheels. It serves a multitude of purposes around my yard--better than a wheelbarrow-- including moving watering cans with rain water. It holds 3 watering cans which I fill at the rain barrels and wheel to where I want to water. It is just as nice as watering with a hose and you are not dragging that heavy hose behind you


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RE: Useless Rain Barrels?

  • Posted by jel48 Z4 Michigan (My Page) on
    Thu, Jun 27, 13 at 14:02

There are pumps available for sale. I linked one site that I found below. Otherwise just go on google and search for the three words: rain barrel pump

Here is a link that might be useful: Pumps to use with rain barrels


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RE: Useless Rain Barrels?

Hi, did you ever think of installing a spigot? Let gravity do the job. You can pick up a spigot from the plumbing section of most box stores. They can be easily installed into the bottom of each rain barrel and you can attach your sprayer hose to it.


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